The Amtrak Residency program is again looking for writers who want to hit the rails and experience the best of what cross-country train travel has to offer.
“This change puts Amtrak Texas Eagle passengers on a better route shared with Trinity Rail Express (TRE) commuter trains and avoids the freight train operations that were challenging our trains every day on the previous routing,” said Mark Murphy, Amtrak Senior Vice President and General Manager of the business line that includes the Eagle.
Tony Coscia and Derek Kan were recently confirmed by the Senate to serve terms on the Amtrak board of directors. Coscia, currently the Chairman of the board of directors, was appointed to another five-year term. Coscia offered the following statement:
“I thank the Administration and Senate for the nomination and confirmation to continue to help guide the future of America’s Railroad. We have made significant progress during my five years on the board, and I look forward to working with the other board members, executive leadership and the employees to continue to grow ridership, increase operational efficiencies and improve the company’s financial position.
Amtrak Vacations®, one of the leading rail travel package providers in North America, is offering more adventures in 2016 to popular destinations in the U.S., including trips to fascinating attractions, activities and entertaining learning experiences geared for multi-generational families.
Amtrak ridership and ticket revenue remained steady in its Fiscal Year ended Sept. 30, 2015, reflecting continued demand for passenger rail; however, significant and predictable investment is needed to ensure that intercity passenger rail will continue to deliver nationwide benefits including providing safe and reliable mobility and advancing America’s economy.
For Fiscal Year 2015, unaudited ticket revenues reached $2.185 billion, 0.1 percent below the prior year and ridership was more than 30.8 million, also 0.1 percent below the previous year, primarily due to service disruptions on the Northeast Corridor, significant weather events and lower gas prices.
Amtrak is preparing to make the busy Thanksgiving travel experience more enjoyable for passengers than ever with new, enhanced services and adventures unique to rail travel. Amtrak is now offering, on a pilot basis and just in time for Thanksgiving, the ability to bring pets and bikes onboard. In addition, Amtrak is offering its customers traveling in the Northeast Corridor a new digital newsroom for business and first class passengers.
On the two busiest travel days of the year, Amtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in Washington and Oregon.
In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, America’s Railroad® is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra trains and additional capacity on several routes in the Northeast, the Midwest, and the West Coast.
Amtrak is adding extra trains and schedules to several of the Chicago hub corridors to downstate Illinois and to Michigan.
Amtrak is expanding the availability of bike service on the Silver Star (Trains 91 & 92) and Silver Meteor (Trains 97 & 98) to provide passengers with a way to travel with their bicycles.